12 year old cat, she's obese and I'm afraid a teeth cleaning may cause future kidney etc. problems, any opinions apprec.

She has had teeth cleanings in past, has been 2 years since last one, now at nearly 13 and overweight, I worry about her kidneys and lingering med effects not excreted at this age and weight. She doesn't eat that much, but isn't active like she use to be and I don't want to starve her either.

Asked by Member 1184863 on Nov 23rd 2013 in Health & Wellness
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Pookie Face (in memory)

Why is she obese? Overfeeding and/or inactivity? Ask your vet about sedation dentistry without general anasthesia. Also give her Greenies dental chews daily to prevent periodontal disease; there are 8 available flavors for cats. Dental cleanings prevent the loss of teeth, and the benefits usually outweigh the drawbacks. For futher information, consult your vet or get a medical 2nd opinion for your cat if you are unsure of the answer. ^_^

Pookie Face (in memory) answered on 11/23/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Smokey, in Memory

First of all, 13 isn't that old in a cat. It is much more likely that dental disease will cause MORE health problems, including kidney AND heart and other organs, than having her teeth cleaned if that is necessary. Infected teeth constantly release harmful bacteria into her blood stream and anesthesia is a one time event.
Most vets will preform pre-anesthesia bloodwork to determine if the cat is a good anesthesia risk so that will be overall, less risk than allowing her to continue with dental disease.
Our 20 year old shelter cat recently had a dental and she recovered quickly and had no lasting effects from the surgery OR the antibiotics. Best of all, she can now eat with much less pain. She has suffered from kidney failure for the last four or five years yet our vet determined the dental issues to be much more of a risk to her health than the anesthesia and antibiotics.

Smokey, in Memory answered on 11/28/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer